A footballer has won a High Court appeal over the amount of child maintenance he should pay for his two children.
Deputy District Judge Drew, who first analysed the case at a family court in London, had said of the footballer: "The impression I formed was that he was a man who was determined to put his own expenditure and enjoyment first and his obligations to his children came a very poor second."
This case reaffirms the correct procedure that should be adopted in these types of cases. First there should be a calculation of what the child maintenance service would order and then there can be a consideration of whether a departure from that approach is warranted which has to be based upon the circumstances of each case.
The player had complained about the sums a local family court judge had ordered him to hand over. He said Deputy District Judge Jane Drew had been wrong when she told him to pay £30,000-a-year for each child. The footballer said £60,000 a year was about a third of his gross annual income - and was too much.